A popular applesauce brand voluntarily recalled some of its products after a production issue led to mold developing in pouches of the snack.
GoGo squeeZ applesauce issued the recall for individual pouches and cartons of its products with a best before date between 6/30/2016 and 7/26/2016. The problems began in 2015, prompting a recall.
They recalled the products again after more people began reporting incidents of mold.
CEO Michael Larroche addressed the incident on the company's website, apologizing to customers.
I deeply regret that I must let you know we are voluntarily recalling specific applesauce pouches that may not meet our quality standards. We found food product residue in two product pumps in one of our factories during an inspection by the Michigan State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). No illnesses connected to this issue have been reported. While it is possible the food product residue may have been incorporated into finished product, we test our applesauce extensively, and at this time, we have not seen evidence of this in our pouches. At GoGo squeeZ®, our team takes food safety matters very seriously, so in an abundance of caution, we are recalling products. We are so sorry that this happened.
Many of you know that last year we had a recall for a different reason, and as a result, we understand you may be losing patience with us. We have worked hard to earn your trust, and we are taking action to make sure we continue to deserve it. As a part of this commitment Bill Graham, our President, and I will be intimately involved in making the changes necessary to deliver on our promise. I can’t begin to express how sorry we are that this happened, and we appreciate your patience and support.
Several people responded to the recall, with many appreciating the company's efforts to get the situation under control.
"Thank you for issuing the voluntary recall," one customer wrote. "While gross indeed, these things happen and is just the way it goes when attempting to offer consumers foods without preservatives in convenient packaging. We love our GoGo Squeezes and will continue to purchase them."